President Yoweri Museveni welcomes the initiative being considered by a local company Microhaem Scientific and Medical Supplies Limited and its partners to establish a medical diagnostics and pharmaceutical factory in the country.
During his meeting with a delegation from Microhaem Scientifics (MHS) and its business partners on Thursday, December 9 at State House Nakasero, the president assured the group that he was ready to support initiatives to produce diagnostic tools. and human medicines locally in the country. He said such facilities would also benefit regional and continental demand for medicines for human use.
“I should support the partnership. I tell you that there is a huge demand for human drugs in the country, the region and beyond. The demand is not just in Uganda, the issue affects the entire East African region and the continent. It is not only a question of manufacturing but also of answering the question of the strong demand ”, declared President Museveni.
The president observed that the government spends large sums of money to buy human drugs and diagnostic tools abroad. He further noted that by looking at the annual imports into the country, the import of drugs is very large and continues to expand.
Mr Museveni suggested to investors in the planned partnership that if they chose to manufacture drugs in the country, they would be supported by the indigenous raw materials available to master the manufacturing process. He cited the presence of cinchona which was originally found in South America and which is used in the manufacture of quinine, an antimalarial drug.
“Here in Uganda we have many such products which can be obtained from the local green vegetation. If the pharmaceutical manufacturers have the diverse knowledge to manufacture a variety of medical products, it would be much better for the country and for them. [investors] being insured with the market, ” he added.
MHS Head of Delegation and Managing Director Cedric Akwesigye, who led the discussion, pointed out that Microhaem Scientifics Supplies Ltd (MHS), a Ugandan company founded in 2012, is a huge investment aimed at solving the problem. problem of lack of technical support. on medical equipment and the quality of medical supplies in the country.
“In record time, MHS has partnered with government to set up well-established medical laboratories for the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and Central Public Health Laboratories (CPHL) at border points from Malaba, Elegu, Mutukula. These labs have dramatically reduced the turnaround time for COVID-19 test results, especially for truck drivers. So far, the company’s medical facilitation capacity has supported 500,000 Covid-19 tests, ”he said.
Mr. Akwesigye also noted that the president’s stewardship has championed the growth of local businesses like MHS to achieve partnership milestones with reputable global companies. He pledged MHS ‘continued strategic investment in addressing the medical and diagnostic needs of the company.
MHS is partnering with Desert Laboratories Inc in the United States to set up a factory to manufacture medical laboratory molecular tests for Covid-19, HIV, and tuberculosis, among others.